Live-Streaming – IABA x StreamSport

IABA is delighted to announce a live-streaming partnership with and InPlayer. is an Irish company, based in Limerick, which live-streams fixtures for Swim Ireland, Connacht Rugby, the LGFA Munster GAA and others, in partnership with InPlayer.

This is a significant step in ensuring that the cream of Irish boxing is available to friends, family and clubmates who aren’t in a position to travel to the National Stadium, including to boxers’ supporters all over the world. read more



Dearbhla Rooney advanced to the last four of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in the early hours of this morning.


The Leitrim featherweight beat America’s Linda Martinez on a unanimous decision – 30-27 across the board – to advance to the semi-finals.


She’ll now meet an opponent to be confirmed in the semi-finals with at least a silver medal up for grabs. “I was happy with how I fought. The first fight is always tough,” she said.


Rooney’s compatriots Dean Clancy and Lauren Kelly were also in action yesterday, with Clancy winning but Kelly dropping a unanimous decision to Russia’s current World and European Youth champion.



Because of the convoluted draw system, Clancy could meet the man he beat yesterday again for a place in the flyweight final.


He said: “The first round I was coming in establishing my jab, finding out the type of boxer he is, and from there on, I dominated with my jab, followed up with my backhand.


“I’m into the semis now, he’s going to have a box off with  England, I’ll be fighting the winner of that. I could be fighting him again if he beats England, but you never know.”


Kelly said:  “She’s three-time European champion and three-time World champion, she hasn’t been beaten in six years.

“It was a big ask for me to win against her. My aim was to get through those three rounds and be happy with myself. And I’m happy with my performance.”



Youth Olympics 2018


October 14




52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Hichen Maouche (Algeria) 5-0


57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Linda Martinez (USA) 5-0


75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Anastasia Shamonova (Russia) 0-5


Irish coach: Dmitry Dimitruk






Miriam Daly (400m Hurdles), Sophie Meredith (Long Jump), Miranda Tcheutchoua (Hammer)




Nhat Nguyen (Men’s Singles)




Dean Clancy (Flyweight, Ballinacarrow BC), Lauren Kelly (Middleweight, St Brigid’s BC Edenderry), Dearbhla Rooney (Featherweight, Sean McDermott BC)




Tanya Watson (10m Platform)




Sean McCarthy Crean (+68kg)




Lauren Crowley Walsh (Women’s Individual, Mixed Team), David Kitt (Men’s Individual, Mixed Team)




Emma Slevin (Women’s Artistic Programme)




Niamh Coyne (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), Mona McSharry (50, 100, 200 breaststroke, 50 freestyle), Robert Powell (50, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly)




Georgia Drummy (Women’s Singles)




Minister Ring with IABA management, coaches and Elite boxers at the National Stadium gym today

Minister Ring with IABA management, coaches and Elite boxers at the National Stadium gym today

Minister Ring Gloves Up for Rio Gold

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, was a special guest of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) at the High Performance Boxing Unit today at the National Stadium.

The Minister visited the home of Irish boxing to mark the milestone of 150 days to go to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. read more


Bernaldo Marime (blue) in action in the Ulster Championships

Bernaldo Marime (blue) in action in Ireland

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association wish Bernaldo Marime the best of luck in the African Rio 2016 qualifiers.

The Holy Trinity BC light-welter lost to eventual champion Dean Walsh in last November’s Elite Championships at Dublin’s National Stadium.

But Marime, who was born Mozambique before moving to Tyrone aged 12, is now, boxing for Mozambique, who have employed a Cuban coach, aiming to qualify for Rio through the African qualifiers, which begin in Yaounde, Cameroon on Friday.

272 boxers from 39 countries have registered. Harry Hawkins, Marime’s coach at the Holy Trinity BC, reckons he’s right in there with a shout in Yaounde.

“He gave Dean Walsh a good fight in the Irish seniors. He’s tough, he’s matured a hell of a lot and he’s a very, very strong boy, Hawkins told The Irish News.

“He realises the opportunity he has – there’s not many people get that chance. Getting out of Ireland can sometimes be the hardest part of qualifying for the Olympics, and then even if you manage that, there’s nothing easy about the European qualifiers.”

“The African qualifiers won’t be easy, but it wouldn’t be as tough as the Europeans, so it’s a great opportunity.”

“We’ve worked hard with him, that bit of work with the High Performance is helping him because he’s getting some quality sparring.”

The top three light-welters in Yaounde qualify for Rio 2016.


Michael O'Reilly (blue) in action

Michael O’Reilly (blue) in action



Team Ireland depart for the 35th Gee Multi-Nations in Helsinki, Finland tomorrow morning. Boxing begins Friday in the Finnish capital.

European Games bronze medallist Sean McComb has withdrawn from the team after picking up the flu.

European Games champion Michael O’Reilly has one eye on next month’s European Olympic qualifiers in Samsun, Turkey.

The Portlaoise BC middleweight, who is part of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association’s “Let’s KO Bullying” campaign which was launched at Dublin’s National Stadium yesterday, received a boost this week after moving up one place to No. 2 in the AIBA World 75kg rankings.

“The Gee Bee will hopefully allow me to get three or four fights “ said O’Reilly, who claimed a World Elite bronze medal at the first time of asking last November in Qatar.

The Helsinki panel features a potent mixture of Youth and experience, with London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill lining out at heavy, and Stephen McKenna, who won his first Elite belt in December, wearing the Irish light-fly vest.

European Elite bronze medallist Dean Walsh and TJ Waite will compete at light-welter and fly in Helsinki. At least 16 nations are slated to battle it out in the Finnish capital as the clock ticks down toward April’s European Olympic qualifiers which begin on April 7th in Samsun.

The host nation, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, England, Estonia, France, Jordan, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden have registered to compete at the 2016 Gee Bee Multi-Nations.

Irish interim head coach Zaur Antia and Noel Burke will be working Ireland’s corner.



Irish squad Gee Bee Multi Nations Helsinki, Finland March 11/14

49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School)

52kg TJ Waite (Ormeau Road)

64kg Dean Walsh (St Josephs/St Ibars)

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Noel Burke

Physio: Ursla Brooks